food allergies

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Update posted 4 weeks ago

Petition to U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate, FDA, FTC, President of the United States

Gluten Free Reform Petition

This petition is being created to make life easier for those who suffer from Celiac Disease and Gluten Sensitivity.  Since these medical conditions impact almost every aspect of a person’s life it is URGENT that this legislation be implemented as soon as possible.  Once passed it must be required that all affected parties be in total compliance within, but no later than, one year from date of passage, or face penalties for non-compliance. Comprehensive legislation is needed now! Gluten Free Reform Petition ALL products labeled gluten free should be required to be 100% totally free of gluten – none allowed at all - since even the smallest amounts can cause a serious reaction for many people.  Also ALL products labeled gluten free must be required to be processed in a dedicated gluten free facility only.  To encourage more businesses to produce gluten free products the government can offer tax breaks or subsidies for new gluten free production companies or for existing companies to convert their current processing facilities to be gluten free compliant.  These incentives should also apply to other businesses such as gluten free dedicated restaurants, retail outlets, housing complexes, medical facilities etc. An easily recognizable universal Gluten Free labeling system needs to be established by the FDA and USDA and be required for all food and drug products that claim to be Gluten Free.  ALL of the following products should follow the newly created regulations for proper gluten content/gluten free labeling:  food, beverages, liquor/spirits, vitamins and supplements, oral care products, cosmetics, and body care products. ALL items that contain any form of gluten must be clearly stated as such on all labels in order to eliminate the possibility of “hidden” gluten in products.  ALL products that list any form of starch including but not limited to: modified food starch, pregelatinized starch, sodium starch glycolate, dextrates, dextrins, dextri-maltose, and maltodextrin etc as an ingredient, must be required to list the derivative of that starch (ex – wheat, corn, rice, potato, tapioca, oats, barley etc) on their labels. ALL prescription pharmaceutical and “over the counter/OTC” medication products must be required by the FDA to be 100%   gluten free.  Very often patients have to refrain from taking much needed medicines while pharmacies or the patients themselves, have to track down drug manufacturers to find out the derivatives of the starch contained in the inactive ingredients of their medicines, causing serious delays and precious, wasted time for both patients and pharmacy employees.  When time is of the utmost importance, locating this info can take hours even days to find out.  Worse yet, it could seriously jeopardize a person’s life if they cannot take their medications immediately when they need them.  If gluten that is present in medications, it can cause severe allergic reactions and/or malabsorption of those medications.  Gluten-free products are currently significantly more expensive, and can be two times to several hundred times higher in price, than exact or similar items of the same products that contain gluten.  This targets, penalizes, “price gouges” those with gluten allergies/sensitivities.   The CPA/Consumer Protection Agency needs to establish special regulations to prevent this and create a consumer hotline dedicated to report manufacturers or retailers that over price/over charge the consumer for gluten-free products should also be created.  ALL gluten free products should be required to be equivalent to or have a price cap of no more than 10% higher price than equivalent/similar products that contain gluten. A Federal and/or state gluten free financial assistance/voucher program should be established for those who have been medically diagnosed with Celiac disease or gluten sensitivity to help with the exorbitant costs associated with having to live with these diseases.  In order to qualify for assistance the applicant would be required to have a form signed by their primary or other digestive related physician verifying that they are medically diagnosed with Celiac Disease or with gluten sensitivity.  This is crucial especially for those living on a fixed income.     

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Update posted 3 months ago

Petition to Mark R. Shaw, Steven Goldberg, Ryan Green, Ellen Torbert, Landon Nitschke, Scott Halfmann

STOP Southwest Airlines from using an Airborne Killer on its planes! #StopSouthwestPeanuts

There is an airborne allergy that can kill people within 15 minutes of breathing any particle of it- that is a peanut. Unless you have a peanut allergy, or have a loved one that is afflicted with this deadly allergy, you are not aware of how being allergic to peanuts can kill you, if you do not get medical attention within 15 minutes. The last place you can do that is in sky, so why would an Airline intentionally expose people to this allergy?  Why would they do this when you are confined in a pressurized space? #StopSouthwestPeanuts Most people believe that if someone has a peanut allergy, as long as they do not eat the peanut they are fine. THAT IS WRONG. Exposure to the dust, especially in a confined space, where air is recycled is one of the most dangerous places to be for that person.  Most people believe that if someone has a peanut allergy, they will be fine after injected with an Epipen. THAT IS WRONG. After being injected with an Epipen, the person needs to get serious medical attention immediately after this adrenaline shot. They cannot do this while in a plane in the sky. Epipens DO NOT CURE it!  Southwest is literally setting the stage for a murder. They tell people with a peanut allergy it is fine they will not serve them. See at the bottom here, their own words to my complaint letter- they can help the "Majority" of their peanut allergic fliers. Persons with a Peanut Allergy can experience a myriad of symptoms of anaphylaxis - and all are life- threatening.   These symptoms can include:  Mouth: Itching, Swelling of lips and/or tongue Lungs: Shortness of breath. Coughing or WheezingHeart: Weak pulse; Dizziness; Passing out or ShockSkin: Itching; Hives; Redness or Swelling Throat: Itching; Tightness/closure or CoughingStomach: Vomiting; Nausea; Diarrhea or Cramps Or Death. Steward and Stewardesses on Southwest Airlines have admitted they have no way of cleaning up the peanuts dropped, spilled, or crushed on the floor. The remnants, particles that are in the air remain! And they have no way of knowing about or cleaning up after those customers (who have been seen doing this) who wiped their hands off on their seats or seats in front of them, after eats peanuts.  This can be from other flights, not even the current flight! The twitter links below show photos from a flight where no peanuts were served, yet peanuts were all over the plane, that was from when I boarded the plane! The Americans with Disabilities' Act states: that something is a disability if it substantially impairs a major life function. Breathing is a major life function.  Someone with a deadly allergy like a Peanut is considered disabled under the law. Further, in 1986, Congress passed the Air Carrier Access Act. Under ACAA, the Department of Transportation does not generally consider an allergy to be a disability, however "if a person’s allergy is sufficiently severe to substantially limit a major life activity, then that person meets the definition of an individual with a disability," a DOT spokesperson told ABC News. (citation below). DOT defines an individual with a disability as someone who has an impairment that substantially limits their ability to care for themselves, perform manual tasks, walk, see, hear, speak, breath, learn or work.  If someone can not breathe after being exposed to peanuts, under this definition they are disabled due to this allergy!  So why won't Southwest help the disabled? Why do they continue to put this "killer" on their planes?  They claim their customers love peanuts too much. Putting peanuts over lives. We need to stop this, please support this petition and #boycott Southwest until they remove these deadly killers from their all of their operations.  Below are photos of peanuts all over a plane where no peanuts were even served on that plane! And Southwest's "response" My original email to them on February 16, is below- after watching a woman on a flight after eating her peanuts, wipe her hands all over the back of the cloth seat in front of her. "Hello I am aunt to a 7 year old beautiful nut allergic little girl. I fly on Southwest all the time. I cringe when you pass out peanuts on every flight. On every flight I refuse them in protest. Each time, the stewards always say well we don't serve them on flights when a known nut allergy is on board. I always have the same response- nearly every flight i see food on the floor of a prior flight. If even one peanut is on the floor, and I have seen some, any person with a nut allergy would immediately - once the plane becomes pressurized become deathly ill. Those Eppi Pens only give you 15 minutes until you need medical attention. Southwest continues to pass peanuts out though even though a large population of people have this DEADLY Illness. This illness is a disability. Since the planes are not fully scrubbed of peanut particles and debris I am formally requesting you STOP serving these as you are playing with people's lives. I love flying your airline, but this practice is truly irresponsible. They do not do this in Europe Airlines anymore. You are expanding your routes now and taking on a larger group of people and someone is going to be hurt, or killed because of this business practice. As a civil rights lawyer and a loving aunt, I beg you to please stop."   This was their cold hearted response from a "no - reply email: "Dear Traci, Thank you for contacting us. I am so glad to know that you are usually pleased with your experiences on Southwest. We appreciate the loyalty you’ve shown us as a Rapid Rewards Member since 2009 and I welcome the opportunity to address your concerns. I am truly sorry for any disappointment with having peanuts as our snack option. As you know our Employees are trained to follow certain procedures when we are notified that a Customer is traveling with us and has a severe allergy to peanut dust. That said, we have decided not to forego serving peanuts for two reasons:  1) Experience tells us that we can accommodate the majority of our Customers who have peanut allergies with our current procedures and 2) The feedback we receive from our Customers doesn't justify the need to permanently remove peanuts—a trademark of our Company. In fact, we get a great deal of positive comments regarding our peanuts from Customers who were counting on a low-sugar, low-carbohydrate snack. And, we often must respond to complaints from Customers on flights that we do not serve peanuts. Rest assured, we are grateful for your taking the time to inform us of your concerns as we realize the usefulness of Customer feedback and its purpose to improve upon our operation. Please know that I have tracked your concerns via our monthly summary, which is distributed to our Senior Leadership. We are fully committed to providing our Customers with affordable, dependable, and genuinely friendly air travel, and we will continue to do our very best to meet or exceed our Customers' expectations. Your patronage is very important to us Traci, and we hope to welcome you onboard a Southwest flight soon. Sincerely, Sloan Chatterton, Southwest Airlines The file reference number for your email is 2224661574247."    Citation:  

Traci Hinden
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